Can We Talk About The Joy Of Violence Without Sounding Like Complete…

In a fit of frustration over Hotline Miami and the way gamers discuss violent games, I ended up talking to game critic/provocateur Cara Ellison. She adores Hotline Miami, you see. » 12/18/12 6:00pm 12/18/12 6:00pm

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Escapism Squared: High Times With a Video Game

[Editor's Note: What follows is a story about someone who took drugs and writes honestly about her experience. We do not endorse the use of drugs and warn you to be mindful of the risks of any substance that's subject to abuse. We accept the reality that many who play games use drugs or have tried them. We wanted to… » 9/28/12 6:00pm 9/28/12 6:00pm

Let's Not Forget the Wonderful Dyad Gaming Chair

The following story originally ran in March of 2011, but since the excellent game it's partially about just came out this week, we're showing it to you again. And, before you ask, the last time I asked Dyad's creator about this special gaming chair, he didn't make it sound like it would be going into mass-production.… » 7/18/12 10:40am 7/18/12 10:40am

This Acid-Trip Game Looks Amazing, Even When I'm Playing It Wrong

I've never experimented acid or done any kind of psychedelics. People say it's great, except for all the flashbacks and stuff. From my never-tripped point-of-view, Dyad looks like it simulates an chemically altered mindstate pretty damn well. It's got a lot more going for it than just that, though. » 4/16/12 10:00pm 4/16/12 10:00pm

Dyad is Part Mind-Bending Racer, Part Soaring Video Game Drug-Trip

At the end of the Game Developers Conference, everyone is usually exhausted. I sure was—it had been five long days of standing and walking, of typing and recording and listening, of engaging in long, heated conversations about video games. Also long, heated conversations about Buffy, which seemed to be the most… » 3/16/12 4:00pm 3/16/12 4:00pm